Luke 11:13 – If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?
The topic of my writing today as been a point of debate, likely throughout church history, but certainly so in the 20th , and so far, in the 21st centuries. I do not write today to stir more debate, but to simply point at the truth of the Scriptures. We MUST allow the Scriptures to speak for themselves, and not attempt to add to them or distract from them. As I stated in my opening statement, there are blessings from God that can easily generally be accessed by any living person whenever they choose. For instance, the air we breathe, the normal abilities available to any normally healthy person; all these are blessings made available by Jehovah God. But there are certain blessings that are accessible ONLY to that person who is child of God, or to say it more distinctly, to one who has been born again. The one about which I write today is the baptism in Holy Spirit, or the infilling by Holy Spirit. Let’s consider accurately what the Scrip-tures declare.
Look at our Text for Today. This verse is clearly speaking to the issue of receiving Holy Ghost as a gift from Jehovah God. Look closely at what it says.
- “If ye then” – “ye” is “you.”
- “being evil” – this means being human, or of earthly origin
- “know how to give good gifts unto your children” – this speaks to the love of a parent for his child. Do you have a child? Do you love your child? If your child asks something of you that is good for the child, and that you can legitimately provide to the child, would you provide it? Of course, you would. That is the point of this statement. And the element of connection that creates such a giving attitude is a very specific relationship – parent to child.
- “how much more shall your heavenly Father” – if a natural parent’s love for his child would create such a giving heart, then it would stand to reason that Jehovah God, Who is perfect, would have an even higher love-response to His children. Surely God is greater in His capacity to His children than natural man is to his. And again, we see a distinct father to child relationship.
- “how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask Him?” – this element of our Text for Today should make it absolutely clear. In order to receive the gift of Holy Spirit, there must exist a Father to child relationship between the one who asks and the One Who gives.
If Jehovah God is your Father through the new birth, Holy Spirit is available to you for the asking. All you must do is believe, ask, and receive. Don’t pass up such a blessing.
Manna for Today – John 14:15-17; Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8; Romans 10:9-10